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on October 19, 2000
The best book on parenting. Start with this one and add others for specific areas. If you are looking for a baby shower gift for a friend or relative, give them this book. The other gifts will fall by the wayside, this book will help the child (and parents) for life.
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on April 4, 2015
I bought this thinking that it would give me ideas and inspiration for activities and real life. It actually just goes into Waldorf philosophy in a big way. I don't love the philosophy behind waldorf- I think a lot of it is actually ridiculously bad advice. Some examples from this book- only read your kid three books because toddlers like repetition, Pregnant women should meditate on raphaels paintings of madonnas because they were Steiner's faves, stop breastfeeding at 9 months because after that too much of the mothers 'life essence' flows through her milk into her kid who then won't differentiate themselves from her. I do like some of the play and toy methods from Waldorf though- and thought this book would go more into those ways of helping your child's imagination grow- it doesn't. On the upside now I know that waldorf id certainly not for me...
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on September 19, 2001
I picked this book up when I began doing research on homeschooling. I found it to be a wonderful book about gently teaching children.
This book focuses on leading children through a path of exploration in various areas (art, music etc.) It is especially geared towards little children and babies. Most of the activities suggested are easy and cheap using on hand materials and things found in nature.
Although I didn't view this as a parenting book per say, I found it to be more of a philosophy of living with children. It certainly has influenced the way I parent and some of the activities I do with my children.
As and added benefit, I did a lot of research taking off from this book on Waldorf schooling and found a lot I liked about it. I certainly do plan on using this method as I begin to teach my children.
I certainly would suggest that this is a good book to read when you have a baby.
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